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NASA maps Beirut blast damage from space with satellites



The damage map of a major explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on August 4, 2020, was created by NASA’s Advanced Radpid Imaging and Analysis team and Singapore’s Earth Observatory. The worst lesions are dark red in color. (Photo credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Singapore Earth Observatory / ESA)

A NASA team, using data from a European satellite program, helped map the devastation caused when an explosion rocked Beirut, Lebanon on August 4.

NASA’s Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) team mapped the damage using the synthetic aperture radar obtained from the European Space Agency’s Copernicus Sentinel program. The radar shows changes to the ground before and after major events, such as earthquakes.


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